Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
4. Secret Master
5. Perfect Master
6. Intimate Secretary
7. Provost and Judge
8. Intendant of Buildings
9. Master Elect of Nine
10. Master Elect of Fifteen
11. Sublime Master Elected
12. Grand Master Architect
13. Royal Arch of Enoch
14. Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Master Mason
15. Knight of the East or Sword
16. Prince of Jerusalem
17. Knights of the East and West
18. Knight of the Rose-Croix de Heredom
19. Grand Pontiff
20. Grand Master of all Symbolic Lodges
21. Noachite or Prussian Knight
22. Knight of the Royal Axe
23. Chief of the Tabernacle
24. Prince of the Tabernacle
25. Knight of the Brazen Serpent
26. Prince of Mercy
27 Commander of the Temple
28. Knight of the Sun
29. Knight of St Andrew, or Patriarch of the Crusades
30. Knight Kadosh
31. Grand Inspector Commander
32. Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret.
KNIGHT OF ST ANDREW
PATRIARCH OF THE CRUSADES
The Twenty-Ninth Grade of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, and
the Eleventh Degree of the Historical and Philosophical Series
The degree of Knight of St. Andrew is intended to inculcate equality -
representing the poor knight equal to the monarch; and exhibits the requisites
of knighthood -protection to the defenceless and innocent, the possession
of virtue, patience, and firmness and represents the Knight as the exponent
of truth, and one alike without fear and without reproach.
The Cross of St. Andrew, in heraldry, is termed the Cross Saltire, emblem
of suffering and humility. Tradition says that St. Andrew was crucified on
the 30th of November, on a cross of that form.
The beautiful Masonic doctrine of Toleration is exemplified in this, the
last of the instructive degrees of the Historical and Philosophical Series.
The lecture of this degree is inserted in this volume, and is a fitting climax
to the theory of Universal Religion.
APARTMENTS, AND THEIR DECORATIONS, ETC
Two apartments are necessary, beside the preparation-room.
THE FIRST APARTMENT
The hangings are crimson, supported by white columns; seats of the Master
and Wardens, crimson, with gilt ornaments, while those of all the other knights
In each corner of the Chapter-room is a St. Andrew's Cross; and nine lights,
by threes, are on the East, West, and South sides of the altar, in the centre
of the room. During a reception this hall represents the court of Salah-eddin
(Saladin), the great Sultan of Egypt and Syria. No Masonic emblems appear.
A parchment Koran lies on a table in front of the throne, and Saracenic
standards, displaying the Crescent, stand near the seats pf the Grand Master
and the Wardens. The Chapter-room at this time is hung with green and gold.
Ottomans, in lieu of chairs, and other Saracenic and Eastern properties,
should be disposed about the hall.
THE SECOND APARTMENT
The second apartment should be a well-furnished room, in the Eastern style,
arranged with accommodations for washing, and containing a table, on which
are a cross-hilted sword, and a Bible or Koran.
OFFICERS, AND THEIR DRESS WHEN IN THE CHAPTER
1. VENERABLE GRAND MASTER
2. SENIOR WARDEN
3. JUNIOR WARDEN.
4. MASTER OF CEREMONIES
5. SENIOR DEACON
6. JUNIOR DEACON
9. CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD
The Knights are all dressed in crimson robes, with a deep scarlet sash around
the waist, a green collar edged with crimson about the neck, to which the
Jewel is suspended, and a white silk sash worn from the left shoulder to
the right hip, ornamented with gold fringe. On the left breast is the large
white Cross of St. Andrew.
The Jewel is two interlaced triangles, formed by arcs of large circles, with
the concave outward, made of gold, and enclosing a pair of compasses open
to twenty- five degrees. At the bottom, and to one of the points, is suspended
a St. Andrew's Cross of gold, surmounted by a knight's helmet; on the centre
of the cross is the letter yod, enclosed in an equilateral triangle,
and this again in a ring formed by a winged serpent; between the two lower
arms of the cross may be suspended a key; on the corners of the cross the
Assemblies of this degree are styled Chapters.
The -Battery is nine, by **-***-****
OFFICERS AND THEIR COSTUME, IN THE COURT OF SALADIN
The throne is occupied by the Master of Ceremonies, who represents the Sultan,
while the Grand Master represents Hugh of Tiberias, Lord of Galilee. The
Senior Warden represents Malek Adhel, brother of the Sultan (Malek Adhel,
Sayf-eddin-the just king and sword of religion). The Junior Warden, in the
South, represents Malek Modaffer, Taki-edden-(the victorious king and devoted
to religion) -Prince of Hamah and nephew of the Sultan. The Senior Deacon,
seated on the right of the throne, is Malek Daher-(triumphant king)-son of
the Sultan and Prince of Aleppo; the Junior Deacon, on the left of the throne,
Malek Afdel-(excellent king)-son of the Sultan and Prince of Damascus; and
the Captain of the Guard - who accompanies the Grand Master, and, after
introducing him, seats himself on the right of the Senior Warden, the Emir
The Knights all wear the Turkish costume - hat is, the wide trowsers, vest
and turban, all white, and a red sash around the waist, with a scimetar.
Behind the throne is a banner, in the shape of a shroud, white, on which,
in black, are these words.
"Salah-eddin, king of kings-Satah-eddin, victor of victors - Salah-eddin
M.: of C.: Noble knight, since your forces entered this land of ours, I have learned something of your institution of knighthood, and would fain
know more. I understand the sanctity of the knightly word, as you may see
by the confidence I have placed in yours; and 1 have also heard from those
who have been in your camps, as prisoners and otherwise, that there is among
you a strange equality, so that a knight, though poor, may sit in the presence
of a monarch. Tell me if that be so.
G.: M.: It is. Thou hast not been misinformed. The name of Knight, and gentle
blood, entitle the possessor to place himself in the same rank with sovereigns
of the first degree, so far as regards all but kingly authority and dominion.
If the greatest king were to wound the honour of the poorest knight, he could
not, by the law of chivalry, refuse satisfaction by single combat.
M.: of C.: And how may he aspire to mate in marriage?
G.: M.: With the noblest and proudest dame in Christendom. The poorest knight
is free, in all honourable service, to devote his hand and sword, the fame
of his exploits, and the deep devotion of his heart, to the fairest princess
that ever wore a coronet.
G.: M.: Thou must profess thy belief in the one true and everliving God;
and ye Saracens worship not the true God.
M.: of C.: Thou art mistaken, prince, for thou knowest not our faith. Doth
not the Koran say, "There is no God but God-the living, the self-substisting?"
Your God is our God; there is no God but He - the most merciful. To God belongeth
the east and the west - therefore, whithersoever ye turn yourselves to pray,
there is the face of God; for God is omnipresent and omniscient. We believe
in God, and that which hath been sent down to us, and that which hath been
sent unto Abraham and Ishmael, and Isaac and Jacob, and the tribes; and that
which was delivered unto Moses and Jesus; and that which was delivered unto
the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them,
and to God are we resigned. So speaketh the Koran everywhere.
G.: M.: Princely Saladin, didst thou ever think of the Lord Jesus Christ,
or does thy faith allow thee to believe in him?
M.: of C.: Doth not the Koran say that whosoever believeth in God and the
last day, and doeth that which is right, shall have their reward with their
Lord? Doth it not say," We formerly delivered the book of the law unto Moses,
and caused apostles to succeed him, and gave evident miracles to Jesus, the
Son of Mary, and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit? The angels said:
O Mary, verily God hath chosen thee - verily God sendeth thee the good tidings,
that thou shalt bear the Word, proceeding from himself; his name shall be
Christ Jesus; God shall teach him the Scripture and wisdom, and the law and
the gospel, and shall appoint him his apostle to the children of Israel.
God took him up unto himself, and God is mighty and wise. And there shall
not be one of those who have received the Scriptures who shall not believe
in him before his death; and on the day of resurrection he shall be a witness
against them ?" These are the words of the Koran; and all the followers of
the Prophet believe that Christ was an apostle from God, born of a Virgin
and inspired, and did teach the truth.
You will now wash both hands and face, which, with the ceremonies performed,
is a symbol of that baptismal rite observed among all Eastern nations, by
way of purification - emblematical of that purity and innocence of soul,
without which no one can enter into the order of knighthood nor into the
pure abode of happiness above.
The candidate for knighthood not only serves a long apprenticeship in arms,
and shows himself valiant and daring, and above all base apprehension of
death, but should pass through a long and rigid probation, to prove himself,
for his virtue, temperance, faith, constancy, and nobleness of heart, fit
to be enrolled in the ranks of Chivalry. These, under circumstances, may
be dispensed with, and the Order conferred even upon the field.
I do enjoin both of you, if you are not resolved to be henceforward virtuous,
chaste, humble before God, merciful, tolerant, generous, and charitable,
to proceed no further, lest hereafter you should be disgraced before the
whole world as false and disloyal knights. Remember, your word must hereafter
never be broken; you must never strike a prostrate foe, nor slay the prisoner
that can no longer resist, nor refuse moderate ransom, nor defile yourselves
with many women; and all true and loyal knights must be your brothers, and
all distressed virgins your sisters, and all poor and destitute orphans your
Our Father, who art in heaven - the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - the
one only true God I look now upon these candidates, about to become knights
and thy servants; aid them to perform punctually the vows they are about
to assume; strengthen their good resolutions, and suffer not temptation to
overcome them. Make them true knights, and teach them to exercise whatever
powers they have with gentleness and moderation, and for the benefit of mankind
and thy glory. Aid them to be true and loyal, frank and sincere; and may
their knighthood here below be but preparatory to their final initiation
into the mysteries of thy heaven of perfect happiness and perfect purity.
My brethren, I need not enlarge further to you on the duties of a knight.
The Order of Knights Ecossais is a chivalric order, of great antiquity, and
has numbered among its members many kings and princes; but its greatest boast
is its intimate connection and alliance with an Order more ancient still.
In the name of God, St. Andrew, and St. Michael the Archangel, I dub thee
Knight of the Ancient and Venerable Order of G.: Scottish Knights of St.
Andrew-known also as Patriarchs of the Crusades.
Rise, good Knight and true Mason: be faithful, fearless, and merciful.
Masonry is the handmaid of religion. The Brahmin, the Jew, the Mahometan,
the Catholic, the Protestant - each professing his peculiar religion, sanctioned
by the laws, by time, and by climate - may retain their faith, and yet may
Masonry teaches, and has preserved in their purity, the cardinal tenets of
the old primitive faith, which underlie and are the foundation of all religions.
Masonry is the universal morality which is suitable to the inhabitants of
every clime - to the man of every creed. It has taught no doctrines except
those truths that tend directly to the well-being of man; and those who have
attempted to direct it toward useless vengeance, political ends, the Kabala,
Hermeticism, Alchemy, Templarism, and Jesuitism, have merely perverted it
to purposes foreign to its pure spirit and real nature.
The best, and, indeed, the only good Mason, is he who, with the power of
labour, does the work of life the upright mechanic, merchant, or farmer-the
man who exercises the power of thought, of justice, or of love - whose whole
life is one great act of performance of Masonic duty. The natural work of
Masonry is practical life: the use of all the faculties in their proper spheres
and for their natural functions.
Love of truth, justice, and generosity, as attributes of God, must appear
in a life marked by these qualities. The natural form of Masonry - is goodness,
morality, living a true, just, affectionate, self-faithful life, from the
motive of a good man. It is loyal obedience to God's law. The good Mason
does that which is good, which comes in his way, from a love of duty; and
not merely because a law enacted by man or God commands his will to do it.
Not in, vain does the poor or oppressed look up to him.
You find such men in all Christian sects, Protestant and Catholic; in all
the great religious parties of the civilized world - among Buddhists, Mahometans,
and Jews. They are kind fathers, generous citizens, and unimpeachable in
their business: you see their Masonry in their works and in their play. The
true Mason loves not only his kindred and his country, but all mankind; not
only the good, but also the evil among his brethren. Though the ancient and
the honourable of the earth bid him bow down to them, his stubborn knee bends
only at the bidding of his manly soul His Masonry is his freedom before God,
not his bondage unto men.
The old theologies, the philosophies of religion of ancient times, will not
suffice us now; there are errors to be made way with, and their places supplied
with new truths, radiant with the glories of heaven. There are great wrongs
and evils in Church and State, in domestic, social, and public life, to be
righted and outgrown. Masonry cannot in our age forsake the broad way of
life; she must journey on in the open street, appear in the crowded square,
and teach men by her deeds - her life - more eloquent than any lips.
This degree is much devoted to Toleration, and it inculcates in the strongest
manner that great leading idea of the Ancient Art - that a belief in the
one true God, and a moral and virtuous life, constitute the only religious
requisites needed to enable a man to be a Mason.
It has ever the most vivid remembrance of the terrible and artificial torments
that were used to put down new forms of religion or extinguish the old. It
sees with the eye of memory the ruthless extermination of all the people,
of all sexes and ages - because it was their misfortune not to know the God
of the Hebrews, or to worship him under the wrong name - by the savage troops
of Moses and Joshua. It sees the thumbscrews and the racks; the whip, the
gallows, and the stake; the victims of Diocletian and Claverhouse; the miserable
covenanters; the non- conformists; Servetus bound, and the unoffending Quaker
hung. It sees Cranmer hold his arm, now no longer erring, in the flame, until
the hand drops off, in the consuming heat. It sees the persecutions of Peter
and Paul, the martyrdom of Stephen, the trials of Ignatius, Polycarp, Justin,
and Irenaeus; and then, in turn, the sufferings of the wretched Pagans under
the Christian emperors, as of the Papists in Ireland, and under Elizabeth
and the besotted Henry; and all that in all ages have suffered by hunger
and nakedness, peril and prison, the rack, the stake, and the sword - it
sees them all, and shudders at the long roll of human atrocities.
Man never had the right to usurp the unexercised prerogative of God, and
condemn and punish another for his belief. Born in a Protestant land, we
are of that faith: if we had opened our eyes to the light under the shadows
of St. Peter's at Rome, we should have been devout Romanists; born in the
Jewish quarter of Aleppo, we should have contemned Christ as an impostor;
in Constantinople, we should have cried, ' Allah il Allah - God is great,
and Mahomet is his Prophet." Birthplace and education give us our faith.
Few believe in any religion because they have examined the evidences of its
authenticity, and made up a formal judgment, upon weighing the testimony.
Not one in ten thousand knows anything about the proofs of his faith. We
believe what we are taught; and those are most fanatical who know least of
the evidences on which their creed is based.
What is truth to me is not truth to another. The same arguments and evidences
that convince one mind, make no impression on another: this difference is
in men at their birth. No man is entitled positively to assert that he is
right, where other men, equally intelligent and equally well-informed, hold
directly the opposite opinion. Each thinks it impossible for the other to
be sincere; and each, as to that, is equally in error. "What is truth?" was
a profound question - the most suggestive one ever put to man. Many beliefs
of former and present times seem incomprehensible. They startle us with a
new glimpse into the human soul - that mysterious thing, more mysterious
the more we note its workings.
Here is a man, superior to myself in intellect and learning, and yet he sincerely
believes what seems to me too absurd to merit confutation; and I cannot conceive,
and sincerely do not believe, that he is both sane and honest; and yet, he
is both. His reason is as perfect as mine, and he, is as honest as I am.
The fancies of a lunatic are realities to him. Our dreams are realities while
they last; and in the past, no more unreal than what we have acted in our
waking hours. No man can say that he hath as sure possession of a truth as
of a chattel.
When men entertain opinions diametrically opposed to each other, and each
is honest, who shall decide which hath the truth, and how can either say
with certainty that he hath it? We know not what is the truth. That we ourselves
believe and feel absolutely certain that our own belief is true, is, in reality,
not the slightest proof of the fact, seem it never so certain and incapable
of doubt to us.
Therefore no man hath, or ever had, a right to persecute another for his
belief; for there cannot be two antagonistic rights; and if one can persecute
another because he himself is satisfied that the belief of that other is
erroneous, the other has, for the same reason, equally as certain a right
to persecute him.
The truth comes to us as the image of a rod comes to us through the water,
bent and distorted: an argument sinks into and convinces the mind of one
man, while from that of another it rebounds most quickly. It is no merit
in a man to have a particular faith, excellent, and sound, and philosophic
as it may be. It is no more a merit than his prejudices and his passions.
The sincere Moslem has as much right to persecute us, as we to persecute
him ; and therefore Masonry wisely requires no more than a belief in one
great. all-powerful Deity, the Father and Preserver of the universe. Therefore
she teaches her votaries that toleration is one of the chief duties of every
good Mason. The Masonic system regards all the human race as members of one
great family - as having the same origin and the same destination; all
distinctions of rank, lineage, or nativity, are alike unknown. The whole
tenor of the life of the benevolent Founder of the Christian religion was
unremitting benevolence; his kind offices were extended alike to Gentiles
and Jews, to publicans and sinners, as well as to his disciples.
Yet Masonry is eternally vigilant that no atheist or base libertine contaminates
with his unhallowed tread the Sanctum sanctorum of our temple; such can never
gain admission there, without the grossest violation of vows the most sacred
and solemn. It requires the acknowledgment of the existence of the Grand
Master of the Universe, and to reverence his great and sacred name, irrespective
of sectarian ideas; in a word, to practise every virtue which adorns and
ennobles the human character, and fly every vice which sullies and degrades
it. It inculcates a generous love for all mankind, it matters not of what
No evil hath so afflicted the world as intolerance of religious opinion;
the human beings it has slain in various ways, if once and together brought
to life, would make a nation of people, which, left to live and increase,
would have doubled the population of the civilized portion of the world;
among which civilized portion it chiefly is that religious wars are waged.
No man truly obeys the Masonic law who merely tolerates those whose religious
opinions are opposed to his own. Every man's opinions are his own private
property, and the rights of all men to maintain each his own are perfectly
equal. Merely to tolerate, to bear with an opposing opinion, is to assume
it to be heretical, and assert the right to persecute, if we would, and claim
our toleration as a merit.
The Mason's creed goes further than that; no man, it holds, has any right,
in any way, to interfere with the religious belief of another. It holds that
each man is absolutely sovereign as to his own belief, and that belief is
a matter absolutely foreign to all who do not entertain the same belief;
and that if there were any right of persecution at all, it would in all cases
be it mutual right, because one party has the same right as the other to
sit as judge in his own case - and God is the only magistrate that can rightfully
decide between them.
To that Great Judge Masonry refers the matter; and, opening wide its portals,
it invites to enter there, and live in peace and harmony, the Protestant,
the Catholic, the Jew, the Moslem - every one who will lead a truly virtuous
and moral life, love his brethren, minister to the sick and distressed, and
believe in the One, All-Powerful, All-Wise, Everywhere- Present God-Architect,
Creator, and Preserver of all things-by whose universal law of Harmony ever
rolls on this universe: the great, vast, infinite circle of successive death
and life; to whose ineffable name let all true Masons pay profoundest homage!
For whose thousand blessings poured upon us let us feel the sincerest gratitude,
now, henceforth, and forever.